Rajbiraj, July 17
A team, including former prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and ministers reached the flood-hit areas and observed the destruction in Saptari today.
Former PM Nepal, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health and Population Upendra Yadav, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa, Energy Minister Barshaman Pun, Physical Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Raghubir Mahaseth, Agriculture State Minister Ram Kumari Chaudhary and Rastriya Janata Party Presidium Coordinator Anil Kumatr Jha, among others, had inspected flood-hit areas in Tilathikoiladi Rural Municipality. Lawmaker Prabhu Sah, Suman Raj Pyakurel, Kalyani Khadka and Land Management Agriculture and Cooperative Minister Sailendra Prasad Sah, among others, had talked to flood victims, security department, people’s representatives and different governmental and non-governmental organisations and had taken necessary information during the visit.
Flood victims requested the leaders to manage a permanent solution to the floods rather than providing relief materials.
Meanwhile, Minister of Home Affairs Thapa assured that the government would try its best to minimise the destruction caused by floods and search for a permanent solution to the problems. “The government is preparing to protect flood victims,” he added. Thapa informed that the government was trying to provide relief materials to the victims as soon as possible.
As many as 3,000 houses were inundated after the dams were destroyed due to floods in four different places in the district. Of them, 50 houses were completely damaged and 300 families were displaced. The team returned after inspecting flood-hit areas in Saptakoshi and Hanumannagar Kankalini municipalities and Tirahut Rural Municipality.
A version of this article appears in print on July 18, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.